A reflection on the Gospel reading for October 18, 2007 (Luke 10:1-9) ), by Mother Maria Michael Newe, OSB.
Today’s Gospel talks about the laborers [bringing in God’s harvest]. We all tend to think of laborers as somehow going “out” to work. But in fact, wherever the Church is, there is the vineyard. And God calls out, asking, “who is willing to serve?” One of the definitions given for the word “labor” is “to move slowly, as with effort.” We labor in the vineyard of the heart, when the sacrifices we make become, in a sense, the Eucharist for one another. We know that the only way to make wine is to crush the grapes. We have to be crushed in order to give every drop.
When you think you have nothing left… give more.